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student swati

Name: Swati Y.

Hometown: Austin, TX

Anticipated Major: Neuroscience

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply Early Decision? A family friend of mine went a few years ago and had only good things to say about the school. I decided to apply early because I love all the opportunities Johns Hopkins provides its students, especially regarding research. An added bonus was that if I got accepted, I would be able to play for the tennis team starting from freshman year!

What’s your best piece of college search advice for high school students? Be picky. I know when I was searching for the perfect college, I thought a lot of them were a good fit for my goals and personality. It was only after I did extensive research on each of them by reading college forums and getting lost in a dark hole of the school’s history that I finally decided that JHU would be the best choice. It’s not easy, but you’ll have some fun doing it.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? I mean, getting into Hopkins is no easy feat and I was flabbergasted when I got the letter. I think I’m actually still in shock.

What book, album/song, or TV show has had a profound influence on your life? Criminal Minds. There are so many characters to identify with. I admit, some of them are extremely exaggerated, but that just adds to the fun of it.

What are you most excited to do in Baltimore? Play with snow!